PHL’s offshore patrol vessel from France arriving August 2019

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has announced that its offshore patrol vessel 270 (OPV 270) being built by French shipbuilder OCEA will be delivered August 2019.

PCG made the announcement upon confirming the arrival of its second of four 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II also built by OCEA.

“The third and fourth 24-meter fast patrol boat under the project is scheduled to be delivered in the Philippines on November 2018, while the 82-meter offshore patrol vessel is scheduled to be delivered on August 2019,” PCG said.

OCEA said OPV 270 is an outcome of 30 years of experience and permanent innovation in the field of aluminum design and shipbuilding.

“OCEA confirms its presence in the offshore patrol vessels (OPV) segment, initiated during the 2014 EURONAVAL exhibition by the presentation of its OPV range. OCEA has already delivered 60 m units to the Indonesian Navy in 2015 and to the Senegalese Navy in 2016,” OCEA said.

OPV 270 has a total capacity of 40 crew, 26 personnel, 35 survivors; speed of 22 knots; range of 8000 nm @ 12 knots; and endurance of 5 weeks.

An OPV 270 is designed to for missions like exclusive economic zone (EEZ) surveillance operations, smuggling and illegal immigration control, fight against piracy and trafficking, control of vessels at sea, search & rescue, natural resources and blue economy protection, fight against pollution, and diving operations.